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April 26th, 2015

Volunteer crews roll out to beautify Pawtucket, CF

April 26, 2015

Volunteers on Saturday took to the streets in Pawtucket and Central Falls to clean garbage, remove graffiti, and plant flowers in an effort to beautify their communities during the city’s annual Earth Day celebrations.

Arthur Plitt, president of the Neighborhood Alliance of Pawtucket, explained that Saturday’s city-wide cleanup was “a really great event on a nice day.”

April 25th

Pawtucket legislators not buying deal to relocate PawSox

April 25, 2015

PAWTUCKET – State representatives whose districts include Pawtucket are having a hard time digesting a recent proposal for an $85 million riverfront ballpark in Providence that seeks to become the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, with some believing instead that McCoy Stadium and the area surrounding the ballpark could become a destination.

However, a spokeswoman for the Providence ballpark project contends that it would cost $65 million just to bring the 73-year-old stadium up to league standards.

April 24th

U.S. Labor secretary tours Pawtucket plant

April 24, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The U.S. Secretary of Labor joined congressmen and senators from Rhode Island on a tour of family-owned machinery and laser technology facilities Friday afternoon as part of an overall discussion on workplace flexibility for families.

Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez joined U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, Rep. David Cicilline, Rep. Jim Langevin, state Sen. Gayle Goldin, and state Director of Labor and Training Scott Jensen on a tour of Gold International Machinery and LNA Laser Technology on Newell Avenue Friday as part of the nationwide “Lead on Leave” tour.

Filmmaker examines living with autism in new documentary

April 24, 2015

Picture yourself in a grocery store with your son or daughter. It's a seemingly everyday afternoon, but as you're working your way through the aisles, putting items in your basket and crossing them off your list, your child suddenly begins to lash out.

People stop what they are doing and gawk at the scene, like rubberneckers on a highway. What do you do? And what do those other people think? Do they view your child as a misbehaving spoiled brat? Or perhaps they see you as an inattentive, unfit parent? If only they knew the truth of the matter, maybe they don't think those things.

April 22nd

Bakery blast under investigation

April 22, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE — While fire officials are still trying to determine what caused an explosion that injured a worker at a Portuguese bakery on Taunton Avenue Tuesday night, what is known is that the blast took place roughly four hours after a handful of night bakers began their shift making baked goods for Wednesday morning.

April 21st

Police establish safe zone for online business

April 21, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Police Department is taking a “proactive approach” to a national increase in crime related to online private business transactions by creating an Online Purchase Safe Zone at the Police Station, authorities said.

The Police Department will designate the parking lot and front lobby of the Police Station, at 121 Roosevelt Ave., as the “safe zone,” police officials announced in a release Tuesday. The creation of the safe zone will aim to “reduce the likelihood of citizens falling victim to scams or more serious crimes.”

April 20th

Police had busy weekend in Pawtucket

April 20, 2015

PAWTUCKET – In what was an overall busy weekend for the Pawtucket Police Department, officers arrested a pair of motorists on drunk-driving charges and a city man for possession of heroin and cocaine.
Officers also arrested an East Providence man for attacking an ex-girlfriend inside her apartment, and a homeless man who assaulted a police officer at Memorial Hospital.
A 41-year-old East Providence man was arrested Sunday and now faces a slew of charges after he forced his way into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment on Clark Avenue and attacked the woman, police said.

April 19th

Hogwarts comes to Cumberland

April 19, 2015

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland Public Library on Saturday was transformed into a scene reminiscent of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as revelers celebrated all things Harry Potter, from learning how to create potions to playing Muggle Quidditch with a squad from the University of Rhode Island.

The day started with sorting by Professor Minerva McGonagall, followed by a Harry Potter-themed LEGO Club, trivia contest, and potions class.
Throughout the day, guests participated in a day-long Horcrux scavenger hunt.

April 17th

Hookup leads to dustup

April 17, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Two people were arrested when a 25-year-old man who thought he was showing up for an online hookup was robbed of cash, sneakers and a cellphone Friday, according to police.

Alejandra Hernandez, 18, of Coleman Street, and Jamil Gray, 21, of Johnston, were held for arraignment in District Court on charges of first-degree robbery and conspiracy.

The arrests took place shortly after 12:40 a.m., when the victim flagged down officers on Lonsdale Avenue and told them he’d just been robbed on Coleman Street after connecting with a female via computer.

April 16th

Grebien unimpressed with Providence stadium plan

April 16, 2015

PAWTUCKET – While the president of the Pawtucket Red Sox on Wednesday unveiled plans for a proposed riverfront stadium in downtown Providence that would serve as the team’s future home, Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien believes the city is not ready to throw in the towel, even if the team’s long-term future at McCoy Stadium is looking less likely with each passing day.

Grebien said his reactions to Wednesday’s press conference, at which the stadium proposal was unveiled, were multifaceted.

Plans, price tag unveiled for proposed PawSox stadium in Providence

April 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE – Plans for a proposed 10,000-seat, $85 million dollar riverfront ballpark that will look to serve as the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox were unveiled Tuesday.
Pawtucket Red Sox President James Skeffington at a press conference at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon said that if approved, the objective would be to begin construction on the ballpark in December with a targeted opening in April 2017.

April 15th

70 firefighters battle flames, toxic smoke

April 15, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – A four-alarm fire tore through a garage on Washington Street Tuesday morning, with its thick smoke prompting the cancellation of classes at a nearby middle school, fire officials said.
The fire was reported prior to 6 a.m. Tuesday at the small, one-story garage at 96 Washington St., Fire Chief Robert Bradley Jr. said. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy brown and black smoke emanating from the garage.

April 13th

A place to contemplate ‘Misery’

April 13, 2015

CUMBERLAND — The town’s historic Nine Men's Misery monument drew visitors to the Monastery property on Sunday, including Kathy and Michaela Crawley.

Kathy Crawley, wife of town Recreation Director Michael Crawley, said she had never had a chance to stop at the monument until Sunday’s Spring Festival at Monastery. Michaela said had she had spotted the stone monument several times while running on the Monastery’s trails, but didn’t know that much about the site.

April 12th

Raimondo defends cuts to BVTC, regional tourism agencies

April 12, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state is leaving millions of tourist dollars on the table and missing an opportunity to create thousands of jobs by clinging to an ineffective strategy of promoting tourism through regional districts at the expense of a unified, statewide campaign.

No other state in New England dedicates nearly as much of its statewide tourism budget to regional districts, yet Rhode Island has consistently been losing its market share of the nation’s tourism dollars to competing states, the governor says.

April 11th

CF students go green

April 11, 2015

CENTRAL FALLS – With only about three percent through the entire square-mile city, Central Falls ranks last in the state with the least green space. However, a group of students on Friday aimed to change that figure by planting an urban arboretum at Calcutt Middle School.

April 10th

Proposal for police unit gets quick response

April 10, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council’s Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety Wednesday night voted to send a resolution requesting the reinstatement of the Pawtucket Police Department’s Special Response Unit for the next fiscal year to the council’s Finance Committee.
The three-member public safety committee voted 2-1 in favor of sending the resolution to the Finance Committee, with At-Large Councilor and Committee Chairman Thomas E. Hodge and District 5 Councilor Mary E. Bray voting in favor, while District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer cast the lone dissenting vote.

April 9th

FIRE AWAY: PawSox get council OK for fireworks

April 9, 2015

PAWTUCKET – The City Council's Board of License Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously approved the Pawtucket Red Sox' petition to conduct a fireworks display at the conclusion of seven home games this season.
According to the PawSox' application for a special event license, the
seven dates of the fireworks displays will be May 25, June 13, June 27, July 2, July 3, Aug. 8, and Sept. 6.
The board during its March 25 meeting tabled a discussion and possible
vote after District 3 Councilor Terrence E. Mercer made a motion to

April 8th

Traffic pattern to change on city street

April 8, 2015

PAWTUCKET – A one-way section of Main Street between Pine Street and
Mineral Spring Avenue next week will be converted to two-way traffic, city officials have said.
Construction has been ongoing at that section of Main Street - adjacent
to Mineral Spring Avenue - for some time, and the intent is to go live

April 6th

Tourism groups, municipal leaders scoff at Raimondo budget cuts

April 6, 2015

WOONSOCKET – Elected officials from Warwick to Woonsocket are protesting Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to divert some $2 million in hotel taxes from regional tourism councils to bankroll a statewide marketing campaign spearheaded by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.

The mayors and town administrators of Pawtucket, Woonsocket, North Smithfield, Lincoln and Cumberland are among those who have signed a letter to the governor, asking her to reconsider the plan.

April 5th

Furniture building’s days are numbered

April 5, 2015

PAWTUCKET – Long an established part of East Street in downtown Pawtucket, the Adams Furniture building is nearing its final days, as plans are in motion to demolish the property and convert the space into employee parking for Blackstone Valley Community Health Care.

Ray Lavoie, executive director of Blackstone Valley Community Health Care, said that demolition should be able to commence in about two weeks.
The parking for health care employees will make available more spaces in and around the health care campus on East Avenue, he noted.

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